In this ode to the simultaneous, true and false perceptions collide in a 360-degree panoramic sweep of a moment in time, rendering life and art in equal measure.
The text in this videopoem was assembled from hundreds of spam/scam e-mails I have been collecting over the years, representing the lies we are confronted with every day; yet the random phrases extracted from these passion-laden letters cannot help but also contain unintentional glimpses of truth. In between mundane and altered reality lies that precious essence of life I see as poetry.
A videopoem is a visual expression of a poetic experience rendered in time. Three elements or forms of expression are fused together to create these works: text, image and sound. In my work, it is the title which first reveals itself to me - a phrase caught in the web of my thoughts, a painted sign on a fencepost, a suggestive line torn from a page of a newspaper, an overheard remark. I could ruminate over the words of a title for days on end, wondering, Why have these words become revealed to me? What is hiding beneath the surface of their meaning?
Once the title has settled, imagery and sound present themselves as the canvas to the painter, the appendage to the sculptor, the costume to the dancer and the props to the playwright. In the editing process, the videopoem comes alive; text, image and sound are juxtaposed in judicious measure, without illustration. While text is the essential "element" or raw material of a videopoem - implying a differentiation from the 'poetic film' which relies, almost exclusively, on the visual treatment - the poetry here is the result of the juxtaposed, blended use of text with imagery and sound.
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